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Norman J. Barker, M.A., M.S.

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Director, Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory

Professor of Pathology

Background

Norman Barker, M.S., M.A., R.B.P., is a professor of pathology and art as applied medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in photomicroscopy, macro and natural science photography. Mr. Barker is director of the Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory.

Mr. Barker received his undergraduate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He earned his M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in publications design from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Barker joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1983.

He is an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS) and a Registered Biological Photographer as well as a fellow of the BioCommunications Association and a fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Barker's work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. His work is in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History and The Science Museum in London.

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Titles

  • Director, Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (Maryland) (1981)
  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (1985)
  • M.A., University of Baltimore (Maryland) (2005)

Additional Training

  • Certificate of Training in Biomedical Photography Pathology, Photography, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) (1983)

Research & Publications

Core Facility: Pathology Photography & Graphics

Selected Publications

Barker NJ, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, The Hidden Beauty in Biomedical Imaging, Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, Vol. No. 38 3-4, 2015, p 220-227

Kim B, Barker NJ, Hruban RH, Sandone C, Cornish TC., The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Pathology:Developing an Interactive Atlas and Teaching Algorithm for the Apple iPad. J BioCommunications. 2012;38(1)

Torbenson M, Barker NJ, Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure, Man & Lion Press, January 14, 2014

Barker NJ, Iacobuzio-Donahue C., Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science, Schiffer Books, Book and Traveling Museum Exhibit, March 15, 2013

Barker NJ, Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered, The Curious Microscopist, International Center of Photography, NY, Prestal Press Publishing, 2015; 296-300

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Graduate Program in Medical and Biological Illustration

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation, BioCommunications Assoc., 1998
  • Medical Education Award, BioCommunications Association, 2012
  • Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, BioCommunications Association, 2008
  • Louis Schmidt Award, BioCommunications Association, 2008
  • Grant from the Endowment Fund for Education, BioCommunications Association, 2007
  • Award of Excellence and The Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, BioCommunications Association, 2007
  • Award of Excellence for Graphic Poster Design and Best of Show, BioCommunications Association, 2005
  • Award of Excellence and The Canadian Founders Natural Science Award, BioCommunications Association, 2003
  • Award of Excellence and The B.C.A. Medical Education Award, BioCommunications Association, 2001
  • Award of Excellence and The CanadianFounders Natural Science Award, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1997
  • Grant from the Endowment Fund for Education, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1994
  • Honorable Mention, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1993
  • H. Lou Gibson Best Journal Paper Award "Photographing The Osprey in The Chesapeake Bay Region, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1993
  • Second Award, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1993
  • Image of Distinction, Nikon International Small World Competition, 2009
  • Image of Distinction, Nikon International Small World Competition, 2008
  • 12th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1999
  • Honorable Mention, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1998
  • 20th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1997
  • 5th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1993
  • Award of Excellence, World Congress on Biomedical Communications, 1994
  • Second Award, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1992
  • Honorable Mention, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1992
  • 15th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1991
  • Charles Foster Memorial Citation for Excellence in Photomicrography, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1991
  • Silver Medal for Best Oral Paper, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1991
  • 10th place and Honorable Mention, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1990
  • Honorable Mention, Biological Photographic Assoc., 1989
  • Excellence in Photomicrography, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1988
  • 14th place, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1988
  • Honorable Mention, Nikon International Small World Competition, 1987

Memberships

  • American Society of Media Photographers
  • Association of BioCommunications Directors
  • BioCommunications Association
  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals
  • Society for Photographic Education

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure
    1 hour lecture, 5th Annual Conference on Comics and Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD (06/08/2014)
  • HALSTED, The Movie
    Movie Preview & talk, Centennial Weekend Celebration, 100th Anniversary of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore MD (06/14/2014)
    Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hidden Beauty: The Beauty of the Scientific Image
    Visiting Professor, Gallery Talk and Exhibit, Rochester, NY (10/10/2014)
    Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Patent Medicine: Selling The Cure
    Lecture, Bristol, England (10/20/2014)
    Institute of Medical Illustrators
  • EverGreen: Museum & Library, Photographing in Historic Houses
    1 hour Lecture, Mid-Atlantic Society of Photographic Education, Lancaster, PA (11/19/2015)
    Society of Photographic Education
  • Presenting Science: The 5 minute Talk
    1 hour Resident Lecture, Baltimore, MD (08/13/2015)
    Johns Hopkins Pathology
  • Roman Vishniac: The Curious Microscopist, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered:
    1 hour lecture, Book Launch, Center for Jewish History¬–International Center of Photography, New York, NY (10/20/2015)
    Center for Jewish History¬–International Center of Photography
  • Non-Traditional Publication Modes for Medical Teaching and Self-Publishing
    lecture, Institute of Medical Illustrators, Chesunt, England (10/15/2015)
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